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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Male Fertility Pill

Men's Fertility - High Quality Sperm

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I'm an advocate of enhancing fertility through natural methods.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 So you may wonder why I'm writing about a fertiity pill for men. Yesterday I wrote about how antioxidants can help fertility--well it turns out this fertility pill for men is mostly antioxidants. Read more:

Male fertility pill to boost conception www.thewest.com.au)

From the article:

Dr Turner said good general health could encourage better quality sperm, but the tablet could also act as a boost. “It is a simple one tablet a day medication that can hopefully improve sperm quality and avoid men even having to seek assisted reproductive technology,” he said. “Or if not when it comes to using it, there are better fertilisation and conception rates.”

The pill is thought to work by neutralising free radicals through a combination of antioxidants, vitamin C and E, folic acid, garlic oil and zinc. Dr Turner said preliminary trials showed an increase in sperm count and quality in users of the pill.

He said he hoped men would embrace the new pill, which will be available in pharmacies from mid-June. “Men would feel as though they are a part of the quest for parenthood, being more concerned, involved and helpful. They could feel as though they are taking responsibility and being involved and not just dumping everything in the lap of the woman,” he said.

Monday, December 22, 2008

PHYTOESTROGENS FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT (PLANT BASED ESTROGENS)

Pregnancy Over 40, Plant Based Estrogens

Phytoestrogens are plant based estrogens which are also called "dietary estrogens" when consumed.
Soy foods contain phytoestrogens and I did make soy a part of my diet while trying to conceive.

If You're Trying To Get Pregnant, Phytoestrogens May Be A Good Addition To Your Diets 

 For my entire series on foods for fertility, visit getpregnantover40.com and click on "Foods For Fertility"

 However, since that time, I've read some articles on how soy may be detrimental to fertility (as with much research, if you look long enough, you can always find opposing viewpoints).

There are differing opinions on soy for fertility

This article seems to support the use of soy in women because of something called "isoflavones" which are phytoestrogens.   Please note:  most sources seem to agree that soy may have a detrimental affect on men's fertility.Read more:

In a study at University Hospital in Perugia, Italy (Fertility & Sterility 2004), women who were undergoing IVF treatment (fertilization of the egg takes place outside the body and is implanted in the uterus) were given progesterone with 1,500 mg of soy isoflavones, while the control group was given progesterone and a placebo. Progesterone is required to assist with the implantation of the embryo in the uterus, and it became apparent that the soy isoflavones assisted with greater fertility and birth success rates.

The study assessed rates of embryo implantation, biochemical pregnancy (based on hormone levels), actual pregnancy (seeing an embryo with heartbeat via ultrasound), miscarriage, and delivery. Women who had received the isoflavones had significantly higher rates of pregnancy and delivery than the control group. Thirty percent of the study group gave birth, compared to 16 percent in those who received no soy supplementation. The soy phytoestrogens, while having no adverse side effects, may have a hormone-like activity in the body and consequently enhance fertility for women in an IVF program. Further study is encouraged to understand how phytoestrogens exert their positive effects.

 from:(www.alive.com)





Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Evidence On Fertility Drugs/Cancer Risk

I can't tell you how many years I've been reading about whether or not fertility drugs increase the risk of female cancers. Almost everything I've read until now focused on the increased risk of ovarian cancer (and most studies have now concluded there is no correlation between fertility drugs and ovarian cancer). However, this interesting article talks about an increased risk of uterine cancer after fertility drugs. Read more:

Fertility drugs increase cancer risk
10 December 2008 by Alison Motluk and Celeste Biever www.newscientist.com


From the article:

Now Ronit Calderon-Margalit at Hadassah-Hebrew University in Jerusalem and colleagues have tackled the problem by comparing cancer incidence in a group of 15,000 Israeli women 30 years after they gave birth. Of the 567 women who reported having been given ovulation-inducing fertility drugs, five developed uterine cancer - which is about three times the incidence in members of the group who had not been given these drugs. For the 362 women who took clomiphene, which tricks the body into making extra eggs by blocking oestrogen receptors, the risk was over four times that of women who did not take the drugs (American Journal of Epidemiology, DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwn318).

There were also smaller but significant increases in breast cancer, malignant melanoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma associated with taking the drugs, but not in ovarian cancer.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Discovery Health: I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

I was watching a program last night, which of course, caught my eye. The title of the program was: "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" which goes through some amazing stories of couples who had babies and didn't know they were pregnant. My first thought when I saw the name of the series was, how could you not know you were pregnant? But after watching the program, I understood. Some of these women were older and had been told by the medical community that their chances of having a baby or another baby were slim to none. Despite the odds, they did become pregnant, but because they were so sure they couldn't, they never considered some of their strange symptoms could be related to pregnancy. See more about the series:

health.discovery.com

The program had a number of "quiz" questions before the commercials and they emphasized that you can get pregnant during periomenopause. One woman said because of her weight and other health issues she hadn't had a menstrual cycle in 14 years. Despite all of that, she got pregnant naturally with twins.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

False Results on Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy Over 40, Can You Trust Your Pregnancy Test?

Are you a pregnancy test addict?
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I'll admit, I was. You want so badly for it to be positive that you probably get over anxious and test too early or keep trying to read a test past the time listed on the instructions. Here is an article about getting false results on pregnancy tests and how to avoid it:

Evaporation Lines On Pregnancy Tests (www.early-pregnancy-tests.com)

From the article:

Evaporation lines can confound results if tests are not interpreted within the clinically recommended time frame. The complete reaction time of our pregnancy tests is 5 minutes. With most home pregnancy testing products, the "reaction time" of the test is a minimum five minute interval to verify a negative result for pregnancy. Generally, at three to five minutes, you can interpret the test results. To be accurate, the test results should be read within the reaction time of the test, which is usually at 5 or so. Manufacturers also recommend that you should not read tests after a designated time period, as most test brands have the possibility of developing evaporation lines...

... Now, an evaporation line will not be confused with a faint test line (valid positive) if the test is read within the five minute reaction time interval. Other explanations for faint test lines include:

Testing Too Early in Your Cycle: If you test too early, earlier than seven to ten days past ovulation, the hCG may not be at a sufficient level to produce more than a very faint line. If you do see a faint positive test result, then we always recommend a follow up test in a day or two using that first morning urine.

Lower Test Sensitivity: Different tests have different sensitivity levels. Check the sensitivity level of your test and try to purchase higher sensitivity pregnancy tests so you can have accurate results sooner.

Diluted Urine Sample: Urine samples may experience "dilution" due to frequent urination or consumption of liquids. This is whey first morning urine is recommended for pregnancy testing as it contains the most concentrated amount of the hormone, hCG.

Chemical pregnancy: A chemical pregnancy is indicated when implantation of a fertilized egg takes place and hCG is produced. A chemical pregnancy is, by definition, very shortly followed by miscarriage before any other pregnancy signs can be detected. Hence, a faint positive line on a pregnancy test may be detected, but there is a a miscarriage very quickly following implantation.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Oops! Having An Unexpected Pregnancy Over 40

Pregnancy Over 40 Is Sometimes Unexpected

It seems like all we hear about is how hard it is to get pregnant over the age of 40. I'm going to dedicate my post today to how easy it may be to get pregnant long after you thought you could.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

Below are some links to stories about women who unexpectedly became pregnant well into their 40's. The articles focus on their challenges, but I'm posting it here because if you're trying to conceive, it may help dispel the myth that this is an impossible dream. Read more:
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"Oops!" babies pose challenge to parents and siblings.
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Experienced Woman Founds Group for Unexpectedly Expectant Moms Over 40 By Mary Rettig

From the article:

The "Surprise Moms Over 40" founder says she also discovered during her own surprise pregnancy that there was a dearth of support for such mothers as well, with very few ministries existing to offer advice and uplift to women in her specific circumstances. There were moments during that time when a word of encouragement would have really helped, she recalls, "like, when I was eight weeks pregnant, and a customer service rep asked me if I wanted to sign up for the senior citizens' discount."

Her search for help for herself convinced Coolidge of the need for "Surprise Moms Over 40." So, "in sheer obedience to the Lord," she says, she created the web-based support group "to serve the needs of these women."

Coolidge adds that her ministry is there to reach out to "surprise moms" and to encourage them to keep their babies. She says she wants to remind any woman going through an experience similar to her own that all life is fearfully and wonderfully made, despite the age of the mother, and that God wasn't surprised by her pregnancy but wanted her baby to be conceived.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Some Birth Defects Can Be Prevented Even Before You Conceive


Lets face it, whether you're 20 or over 40, most women worry about having a baby with a birth defect. I found a very informative site which not only explains birth defects, but it also explains how birth defects are reported (for statistical purposes)and some known environmental causes of birth defects. Read more from the following link and be sure to scroll down to the section with the tables showing which substances and/or environmental toxins to avoid:

www.protectingourhealth.org

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